Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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The item that Knothead refers to is called a 'flute stopper' since the noise can be like a deranged flute. I have one on by Bristol and need it sometimes when tied at a dock. Needed it once at anchor when we were lying to a strong current. The noise can be horrible if the wind is strong.
I think any sailmaker could make one for you. Mine is sailcloth about 5" wide with grommets top and bottom. There is a large plastic button about 4" in diameter about every three feet or so that is pop-riveted to the cloth. You hoist it up on a convenient halyard (I have an old fashioned masthead burgee halyard that is perfect) with the cloth inside the cavity and the buttons across the slot in the mast on the outside. A bit of a pain since I have to stand on the boom to reach about the where the sail extends out of the mast, but takes about five minutes once you have it down.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.